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Academic Excellence

Academic Excellence 
St. Croix Catholic School develops the WHOLE child – Mind, Body, and Soul. The teachers and staff recognize that every student has a beautiful  temperament and personality created by God. The gifts your child brings to the classroom, coupled with our teachers’ expertise and love creates an environment for students that is challenging, structured, and most of all – filled with a joy of learning.
At St. Croix Catholic, you can expect:
  • Small classroom sizes
  • Individual Student Assessments
  • Continual striving for excellence
  • Regular communication with teachers
  • Whole child progress reports (academic, social, spiritual)
  • Respectful learning environment*
Ark of Angels, our preschool program (serving ages 3-5), is unique to the St. Croix Valley in that it combines two time-tested concepts into a single educational experience for your preschooler. Faith-based education and Montessori-driven learning is a perfect match. Our Catholic faith teaches us that each child brought into the world is a unique and cherished individual, and Montessori-based education strives to bring out that individuality, seeking and unfolding the child’s unique interests, talents, and skills.
Our primary (grades K-2) and intermediate (grades 3-5) programs emphasize basics in language arts, reading, mathematics, science, social studies, and religion. Computers, STEM, art, music, library skills, and physical education round out our sound curriculum. Through Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS), children are introduced to the mystery of the person of Christ at SCCS, moving to the Virtues In Practice in intermediate grades, and Created for Greatness in Middle School.


Our middle school (grades 6-8) program challenges the middle school student’s mind with a rigorous curriculum and further develops the young virtuous servant leader. St. Croix Catholic is the first Catholic school in the state of Minnesota to implement Project Lead The Way (PLTW), the nation’s leading Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum. This hands-on way of learning has opened up exciting real world learning opportunities for our students. 

Extracurricular activities abound at St. Croix Catholic:  Lego League, Math Club, Shady Characters Lunch Club, Student Council, Yearbook, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Little Flowers, Art Adventure, Band, Orchestra, Academic Quiz Bowl, Spelling Bee, Geography Bee, Science Fair, Junior Great Books, and Creative Kids Club (our before/after childcare program).

*Responsive Classroom, a widely used, research-backed approach to education is implemented throughout St. Croix Catholic. Research shows schools who invest in this program see an increase in academic achievement, decrease in problem behaviors, improvement in social skills, and the assurance of an environment that allows for high-quality instruction.